Places to Hang in Southern to Central California
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NameDiscriptionLocationGoogle Map DirectionsCostHangability Score 1 to 5 Car Camping / Hike inHF User Name
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Frasier Mill CampgroundAmazing sequoia trees, and lots of great campsites, with no charge. A nice fishing pond in the area, and some great trails through the sequoia groves. Don't forget to visit Hidden Falls nearby. This place will not disappoint. It Can get a bit crowded on holiday weekends. Completely quiet and amazing on week days. Mountain Home State Forest near Springville Californiahttp://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS361&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Fraiser+mill+camp+ground+springville+ca&fb=1&gl=us&hq=Fraiser+mill+camp+ground&hnear=0x80c01d845b8646c3:0x792f9e9bea258ecc,Springville,+CA&ei=J_sQTtu5JZOFtge0zN3xDQ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&ved=0CAQQtgM&cid=0,0,6112026962362968621No Longer Free $15.00 per night + $5 for additional car. 2 car maximum per site.5Mostly Car Camping, However, you could hike in as far as you want. sonic
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Fairview CampgroundNice camping spots, I never had a problem finding a place to hang, but space would be limited with a big group of hangers. The Kern river is great for swimming, tubing, and cooling off in the summer sun. Try to find Kellys hole, there is a sign off the road. there is a nice big cliff jump about 30 ft tall. Good fishing here too, very clear water. Good stars at night as well. Nights can get cold. Very Hot days in summer, bring swim trunks.Sequoia National forest (No Sequoia trees) 19 miles north of Kernville along Kern River via Mtn. 99. Paved roadhttp://maps.google.com/maps?q=Fairview+Campground,+ca&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=57.641503,69.785156&z=9&iwloc=A$18 per night $5 each additional vehicle3Car Camping with hiking trailssonic
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North side of Angeles National ForestMiles of playground, and places to hang. Lots of Public Campgrounds, for car camping, Bear Campground, Sawmill Campground, Horse Campground (not so public/hike in). Oh yeah, the PCT runs right through the middle of this area, so lots of hiking. There is a lot of history on the Old Ridge Route Rd. PM sonic on Hammock Forums if you want a tour guide. I consider this area to be my back yard. Bring lots of water, this area can be Dry and waterless.Angeles National Forest, North of Castaic. http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=34.721086,-118.67054&hl=en&sll=34.706481,-118.690882&sspn=0.058847,0.06815&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=14&z=14You might want an Adventure pass if camping in the bigger campgrounds, not sure. 4Both car camping and hike in trails availablesonic
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Palomar Mountain (Observatory Campground): Cleveland National ForestSeveral sites are hammock friendly. Site #15 can accommodate several hammocks. These campgrounds are about 5500 ft in elevationThere are some small trails in the area and the ones I saw looked pretty kid friendly if you go with the family.

Lots of stargazing—there’s a reason the Palomar Observatory is out there, after all.
And, if you gamble or like casino buffets, the Pala Indian Casino is on the 76 and you can take advantage of that on the way up or back (or both!).
Cleveland National Forest East of Fwy 15 on the 76 Hwyhttp://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTJw8jAwgAykeaxcN4jhYG_h4eYX5hPgYwefy6w0H24dcPNgEHcDTQ9_PIz03VL8iNMMgycVQEAHcGOlk!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfME80MEkxVkFCOTBFMktTNUJIMjAwMDAwMDA!/?ss=110502&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&navid=110000000000000&pnavid=null&recid=47560&ttype=recarea&pname=Observatory%20Campground%20-%20Home$15/night3 (Some sites suitable for hanging; but most are set up for tents)Car camping.SoCal Mike
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Strawberry Junction (San Jacinto State Park)A few ways to get there, but it's an established campground with a pit toilet at the entrance. Trees are HUGE and far apart, so bring long straps. Great views nearby of Suicide Rock and Marion Rock. Located about 5 miles from the peak of Mt. San Jacinto. Small water sources nearby but not at the campground at this time of year (end of July) so had to pack water in. Call ranger station about water availability before heading out there. Elevation is about 8900 ft. San Jacinto State ParkBasic directions: From Riverside, take Interstate 10 East to Hwy 243 South to the park. From San Diego, take Interstate 15 North to 215 North, exit Hwy 74 east to Hwy 243 north to the park.3 (There's plenty of places to hang nearby but at SJ campground the trees are large and far apart so it was a bit challenging to find a great spot.)BackpackingSoCal Mike
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Little Round ValleySan Jacinto State Park5 - Lots of places to hang and it's a beautiful place to be, just a mile from the peak
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